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Hello? Is Anybody There? (Galaxy Children's Large Print) Paperback – Large Print, July, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

A boy has a dreamlike encounter with a wise child who has fallen to earth from a spaceship in Gaarder's (Sophie's World) limp imitation of Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince. The page layout directly recalls that classic, and the illustrations even feature the same small planet and very similar-looking characters. The setup promisingly suggests the book is about a child who must reimagine his position in the world because of the arrival of a new sibling. As Joe waits alone at home for his parents to return from the hospital with a baby, he meets Mika, a boylike alien who teaches Joe that there are worldviews other than his own. Their conversations, however, are unfocused and somehow never urgent, only occasionally touching on issues related to Joe's becoming a big brother. They discuss the process of evolution, whether animals can think, how babies are born, the five senses, the existence of God, the structure of time, and the concept of meeting together on a mountaintop when each one lives in a metaphorical valley. Repeatedly, Gaarder reminds readers that certain ideas are important: "What Mika had said seemed to give a whole new meaning to everything we'd been talking about." Overall, a tepid exercise. Ages 7-12.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-4-Eight-year-old Joe is waiting alone at home for the birth of his sibling when he sees something fall from the sky. It's Mika, from the planet Eljo, hanging by the seat of his pants in Joe's apple tree. During the first meeting, the two explore the thought-provoking concept of when down becomes up and vice versa. This conversation begins a fast friendship for these two creatures from different worlds who discover they have much in common, and Joe teaches Mika all about planet Earth. The importance of questioning everything, from what's a pancake to religious beliefs, makes this gentle story fun to read as well as eye-opening. Gaarder shows how explaining what we take for granted to someone who's never experienced it can be exhilarating and fulfilling. The fact that Mika disappears when Joe's brother is born may be predictable to older readers, but doesn't diminish the magic of the book, nor does the obvious fact that Mika is in truth an alien version of the long-awaited baby brother. The story is written in the form of a letter to a child from her uncle, who was the same age as Camilla when his brother was born. Simple line drawings help keep the tone light and accessible in spite of the often deep discussions. Slow readers may find the philosophizing cumbersome and confusing, but the main themes of friendship, sibling love, and the ability to question and think on one's own are so clear and easy to understand that many children will enjoy this story.
Linda Bindner, formerly at Athens Clarke County Library, GA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Galaxy Children's Large Print
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Galaxy (July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754078140
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754078142
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,733,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jostein Gaarder is the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, a huge bestseller in over 40 countries. He was born in Oslo in 1952 and lives there now with his wife and two sons.

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Format: Hardcover
Yes, this may be a children's book but for adults, the insights are invaluable and worth the read. Besides explaining simple stuff like our 5 senses, it attempts to introduce simple philosophies in life which both adult and children can appreciate.

The fantasy tale makes this an easy read but the lessons learned are definitely not child's play. "An answer is always the stretch of road tha's behind you. Only a quetion can point the way forward". Simple but nontheless true words of wisdom.

In the story, Gaarder explains the fundamental...... things can be so alike that they are different. You and me could be alike but the experiences we share each day are different and no 2 days are ordinary 'cause they are diffrent.

Read Gaarder - he makes you think and reflect on the fundamental things we may too occupied with our daily lives to think about.
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When I first picked up this book I was expecting a short and yet very philosophical book on the views that we have on the world in a general sense. Seeing as this book is by Jostein Gaarder I was very surprised when I opened up the book and found that the letters were at least a cm long! But the text doesn't prove the books reading level does it? So I carried on reading in hope of finding something interesting. But the book started in a way that I thought was familiar-the book started in a way any elementary book would start. The cover is covered with bright colors and illustrations and the inside of the book is decorated now and again with pretty line drawings of animals and various characters in the book.
The story is told in an interesting way so if you read the book directly whilst ignoring the blurb on the book then you'll be confused whilst reading the very first page. "Dear Camilla," it starts. From this you can tell it's in the format of a letter. The story itself which is explained in the letter is about eight year old Joe who is about to become a big brother. The letter is written when Joe is now an 'uncle' and he writes to his niece, Camilla (his baby brother's daughter) about his experience the day his little brother (Camilla's father) was born. Whilst Joe parents are at the hospital waiting for the new baby to arrive and Joe has to stay home alone until his aunt comes. When looking outside the window Joe spots a tiny little boy hanging upside down in an apply tree in the garden. This little boy does not have any features that can be called human but both he and Joe are very alike. Mika has accidently fallen out of his spaceship and needs to go back home but he has so much he wants to know about planet earth.
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I love Jostein Gaarder's works. But this one is really special. Because it helps me a lot to explain about the universe, the world, to my little daughter, in a very fascinating way. And yet so easy to understand. Mostly for children under 9 years old. I bought an extra copy from Amazon just to give it to my best friend, so she can enjoy the same experience like me and my daughter. Thank you Jostein!
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